Mon July 14, 2014
Earth Calendar for July 14th and July 15th
As the temperature rises, so does the amount of water we use outside. During summer, the average family can use 1,000 gallons of water in a day – some even use up to 3,000 gallons.
You would have to leave a garden hose running continuously for almost eight hours to use 3,000 gallons of water! Whether your yard is large or small, there are easy ways to save water during hot weather.
Don’t over-water. How do you know if your lawn is thirsty? Step on it! If the grass springs back, it doesn’t need water. If your footprint lingers, it’s time for a drink.
Water at the right time. The cooler early morning or evening hours are the best times to water your lawn. Water is less likely to evaporate at these times of the day.
It’s OK to allow the grass to grow longer in the summer to shade roots, reduce water evaporation and reduce weed growth.
Make necessary repairs. Just one broken sprinkler head can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water over an irrigation season – costing 90 dollars or more on your water bill.
Clean up wisely. Use a broom to sweep driveways, patios and sidewalks, instead of hosing them off.
Find more tips for saving water outdoors during hot weather from EPA’s WaterSense program.
On Our Calendar: Use herbs, vegetables, and flowers to make clever arrangements for your next event. Each participant will make his or her own arrangement out of products from Turner Farm to take home and share with family and friends, Saturday July 19th, 10:00 am. Visit the website for more information and to reserve your spot in the class.